Government asks Public about 5G
The government seeks public input for its 5G mobile networking strategy that aims to enhance mobile connectivity for rail travelers.
12:04 05 January 2018
The government is looking for ways to improve mobile connectivity for rail travellers, who are currently relying on 4G mobile networks. In an effort to offer better and faster WiFi access, public input is currently being sought as part of the government’s 5G mobile networking strategy.
Digital minister Matt Hancock said: “We want people to be able to get connected where they live, work and travel. This means improving connections on Britain’s railways now, and making sure they are fit for the future. We’ve got a long way to travel but our destination is world-class signal for passengers.”
Bruce Williamson of campaign group Railfuture added: “This will not only make journeys more enjoyable and productive, but will help improve the operation and safety of the railway and deliver economic benefits for the whole of the UK. Wi-Fi has moved from being an optional extra to something essential for the 21st century rail passenger, so we welcome any improvements to capacity and coverage.”
To realise the goals, a major new trackside network will be built and will comprise of base stations and masts as well as fibre backhaul from the masts to the core telecoms network.